Richard J. Dugas, Jr., currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of PulteGroup, Inc., a position he will continue on through the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders.
Mr. Dugas has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PulteGroup since August 2009, and retired as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. He had held the CEO position since July 2003, having been named to the position at the age of 38 – at the time, the youngest CEO of any Fortune 500 company. Mr. Dugas also served as President of PulteGroup from July 2003 to February 2016, and as Chief Operating Officer from May 2002 through June 2003.
Since joining the Company in 1994, Mr. Dugas has served in several management positions at PulteGroup. Prior to becoming COO in May 2002, he was Coastal Region President with responsibility for the Company’s Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee operations. In addition, Mr. Dugas served as City President and Market Manager for PulteGroup’s Atlanta Division and, earlier, as Process Improvement Vice President. In this role, he was responsible for driving system-wide process upgrades via two major national initiatives.
Prior to joining PulteGroup, Mr. Dugas worked for PepsiCo in process improvement and plant operational efficiency, and at Exxon Company USA in marketing, retail and customer service functions.
Mr. Dugas is a graduate of Louisiana State University and in 2007 was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction. He currently serves as Chairman of Leading Builders of America, an association of the country’s largest homebuilding companies focused on preserving home affordability for American families. An active member of the Atlanta community, Mr. Dugas is Chairman of the Westside Future Fund, which is working to redevelop targeted Westside neighborhoods in the city, and also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dugas is a member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Committee for Progress and the Board of Trustees of the Woodruff Arts Center.